Welcome To Worship


East Brentwood

Presbyterian Church

Sunday, February 12, 2017

10:00 a.m.

6th Sunday

In Ordinary Time


This week we begin a new theme: “Love Your Neighbor and Other Spiritual Truths.” When Europe was falling apart in the 1940’s, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a little book called Life Together. It was an exploration of the fundamental “neighborly” or communal aspect of Christian faith. Sometimes we say that the love of Christ shows up in our hearts. A better way to say that is the love of Christ shows up in our relationships. We are part of many communities: family, church family, national community… the list goes on. Paying attention to this fundamental truth of Christian faith is what gives our faith energy and hope. But, because people are people, it is also why we need to time and again remind ourselves that Jesus calls us to love our neighbor.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


The congregation is asked to use the time of the pre-service

music as a period of silent prayer and preparation.


   Welcome & Announcements  


We Gather to Worship God




   A Call to Worship

We meet in the name of God,

Creator of the universe,

Source of true humanity,

Mother and father of all.



We meet in the name of Jesus,

Word made flesh,

Savior of fallen humanity,

Lover of all.



We meet in the name of the Holy Spirit,

Lord and giver of life,

Midwife of new humanity,

Inspirer of all.



Come then, eternal God

Be present here!

Befriend us here!

Renew us here!


*Hymn #664 “Morning Has Broken”


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, forgive us,

for we are good at ignoring our neighbors.

We turn off our television sets and our Twitter feeds,

pretending that will exempt us from difficult conversation.

We surround ourselves with family and friends, neglecting to notice the lonely and the least.

We live with affluence and privilege, separated from those broken by the brutality of the world.

Sometimes, O God, our deepest sin is going about our everyday lives acting as if nothing is wrong,

or believing our efforts are too feeble to make a difference.

Gracious God, we mean this in the most sincere way:

save us from ourselves.

Remind us that when even one of your children hurts,

yours is the heart that breaks.


Time for Silent Reflection


Response “Trisagion” Ortega

Holy God.

Holy and mighty.

Holy Immortal One,

Have mercy, have mercy on us.


Assurance of Forgiveness

Friends, believe the good news.

In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.


Passing of the Peace

The Peace of Christ is with you!

And also with you.


*Gloria Patri #581


Special Music


Time with the Children

Children: God be with you here.

Congregation: God go with you.


We Listen for the Word of God


Prayer for Illumination


New Testament Matthew 5:43-48 NT page 5


Presentation Guest Speaker, Andrew Maraniss


Time of Reflection


We Respond to God’s Love


*Affirmation of Faith

We believe in God--the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

who gathers, protects and cares for the church.


We believe the church is one worldwide communion of saints, called from the entire human family.


We believe the church is the single community of believers, reconciled with God and with one another.


We believe that through the working of God’s Spirit, unity is a binding force and also that we must seek this unity, which must become visible to the world.


We believe that the sin of division, separation and hatred between people and groups has been conquered by Christ.


We commit ourselves to protecting the unity of the church universal.


We pledge to make this unity active in all of our words, thoughts and deeds.


(From article 1 and the beginning of Article 2 of the Confession of Belhar.)






*Doxology #606

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

praise God, all creatures here below;

praise God above, ye heavenly host;

praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


Holy Communion


Invitation to the Lord’s Table

Response “Come Over Here” Traditional

Come over here, the table is spread

The feast of the Lord is going on

Drink from the fountain that never runs dry

We’re gonna sing hallelujah, Amen


Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


Sharing of the Bread & Cup


Communion Music


Prayer After Communion—Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.


We Go from Here to Serve


*Hymn #741 “Guide My Feet”


*Parting Words







*Please stand if you are able.


To Our Members and Guests: please sign our friendship pad.


For those of you with young children, please check out the shelf of children's Bibles located on the shelves in the Sanctuary. There are several different age-appropriate versions available for their use during the service. Please re-shelve them before you leave the building.


About Today’s Service & Activities

Participants In Today’s Service: Pastor: John Hilley; Music Director: Nate Strasser; Liturgist: John Philbrick; Guest Speaker: Andrew Maraniss.


Please sign our friendship pad.


This morning, communion is served by intinction. The congregation will come forward to receive the bread, which they will then dip into the chalice of grape juice.  Worshippers will return to their pews by the side aisles. If you need a gluten free wafer, please tell the server. The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is not just for Presbyterians or “members of the church.” All who confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are invited to partake of the Lord’s Supper. Even one who doubts or whose trust is wavering may receive the bread and grape juice (in place of wine) in order to be assured of God’s love and grace in Jesus Christ.



Andrew Maraniss is the author of Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South. Perry Wallace, a Vanderbilt graduate and Nashville native, was the first African-American basketball player in the SEC. Andrew went to Vanderbilt University and worked at MP&F Public Relations. Strong Inside is a New York Times bestseller.


Welcome to East Brentwood

To Our Members: East Brentwood gladly welcomes first-time and returning visitors. By introducing yourself and sharing a warm greeting, you express the hospitality of our congregation. Please share a smile and welcoming word to those around you.


To Our Guests: We offer education and fellowship opportunities in the mornings and evenings for children, youth and adults. Please see the Calendar of Events for dates and times. Interested in joining East Brentwood? Speak to Aaron Renton or John Hilley.


Evolving from a rich musical history, EBPC strives for diversity of music in worship. On any given Sunday, worshippers may experience our choir sharing traditional or new hymns, handbells ringing, our praise band ensemble performing contemporary Christian songs, or guest vocalists or musicians sharing southern spirituals, Celtic, bluegrass, classical, shape note, jazz, Americana, soul, or other musical genres.


Our Mission

East Brentwood Presbyterian Church is a community church made up of a loving, welcoming family of believers in honest conversation with God. We seek to emulate the ministry of Jesus through compassionate service, with stimulating and relevant exploration of God’s Word, and by sharing that Word and God’s many blessings with our neighbors in Middle Tennessee and around the world.



AN INVITATION TO SING! There is no better time than January to begin something new, challenging (in a good way), connecting (to other people, and to God), and life-giving – and nothing accomplishes this better than singing, especially in your church choir! Please join us Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for Choir practice. We meet here at the church. Everyone is welcome!

Save the date: Sunday, February 19th for the

Annual Meeting immediately following worship

Volunteers Needed! Each week we need several members of our EBPC family to help deliver our worship services. Your assistance is needed in the following ways: opener/closer, liturgist, nursery assistant, acolyte (2nd-5th Grade) and Worship & Hospitality Team members to greet people, distribute the bulletins, collect the offering, etc. If you are willing and able to help during January, February and/or March, please go the Sign-up Genius link here and select the date and role(s) for which you would like to volunteer. (We can train you for any position very easily!) If you have any questions, please contact the Worship Planning Team Moderator Liz Beatty.


Planned giving perpetuates the goodness of our individual existence once we are no longer here. Consider including East Brentwood Presbyterian Church in your estate plan and help ensure the long-term operation and mission of EBPC. Contact Brian McGuire if you would like more information on making a planned gift.

Calendar Events Coming This Week ~ At a Glance

Sunday, February 12—Communion

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

9:00 a.m. New Member Discussion

10:00 a.m. Worship with Communion

10:00 a.m. Upwards for students 3rd-5th grade

11:00 a.m. Family Bowling

4:00 p.m. PYG for High School Youth

Monday, February 13

6:00 p.m. Boy Scouts, Troop 86

Tuesday, February 14

6:00 p.m. Room In The Inn

Wednesday, February 15

9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

6:00 p.m. Adult Learning Circle

6:00 p.m. Kids’ Music & Drama Club

6:08 p.m. 608 for Middle School Youth

6:30 p.m. Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Praise Team

Sunday, February 19

9:00 a.m. Adult Education

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Upwards for students 3rd-5th grade

11:00 a.m. Annual Meeting

4:00 p.m. PYG for High School Youth


Praise and Prayers

† Prayers for recovery of Cindy Blanton, friend of Amy Philbrick.

† Prayers of support and peace for Kelly McConnell and her family as they grieve her mother’s passing.

† Prayers for Mary Ellen Hoffstetter as she recovers from surgery.

† Prayers for Brent Byers and his family.

† Prayers of thanksgiving for a successful surgery for Rick Lausten.

† Prayers of healing for Lincoln, a preschooler who had major surgery and is recovering.

† Prayers for our nation and its leaders.

† Prayers of discernment and strength for Lindsey Hinds-Brown.

† Prayers for the Russell Family of Paris, TN, friends of Ralph Comer.

† Prayers of thanksgiving for those within our church community who have agreed to serve as Elder.

† Prayers for Susan Reiersen’s brother, Joe Golden, who has moved to Nashville for rehab following a recent a stroke.

† Prayers of healing for Carrie Jane Hopkins.

† Prayers of healing for Darlene Hagg (former EBPC member) who is undergoing treatment for cancer.

† Prayers for our friends, Ryan and Erika Taylor and 8 month old Finley.

† Prayers for those facing addictions, either their own or those of family members and loved ones.

† Prayers for Marisa Miller and her family with the losses and health challenges they have had.

† Prayers for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod and for mission coworkers Charles and Melissa Johnson who are working in Lusaka.


If you have a prayer request or celebration that you would like to share, please contact Richard Strecker, Congregational Care moderator by e-mail: streckr1@aol.com or phone 615.472.1502.